Research & Education
Khurshid A. Guru, MD, was appointed Director of Robotic Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in October 2005. A new surgical center opened in 2004 and was the first facility in the Buffalo-Niagara region to offer state-of-the-art robotic surgical technology to patients with prostate cancer. He also serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Urologic Oncology at RPCI.
Dr. Guru earned his medical degree (1995) at the University of Mysore in Karnataka, India. He completed residency training in Urological Surgery (2005) and a Robotic Surgery Fellowship (2004) at Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI. He also completed an International Fellowship in Urologic-Oncology (2004) at the Urology and Nephrology Center at Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt, and a fellowship in Urological Surgery (2000), at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Togus, ME.
Dr. Guru is one of the few fellowship-trained robotic surgeons in the Eastern United States. He has assisted and performed over 500 robotic prostatectomies during his training and fellowship. Dr. Guru and the Roswell team pioneered the Robotic cystectomy program at RPCI and performed the first robotic cystectomy in the Western New York in November of 2005. Dr. Guru has performed live demonstrations of robotic prostatectomy at several international seminars.
Dr. Guru’s research interest is the application of robotic surgery in urologic oncology, especially urinary reconstruction for bladder cancer. Dr. Guru is currently working towards developing the training program for robotic surgery including the virtual simulation for training future robotic surgeons. In collaboration with University of Buffalo, Virtual Reality Laboratory Robotic surgery program is working towards establishing a virtual reality training program for robotic surgery. His major interest is robotic surgical education and its incorporation for future generation of surgeons. He leads the growing robotic surgery program in the Department of Urologic Oncology and the Roswell Park Cancer Center for Robotic Surgery. He also assists other surgical departments with bringing the benefits of robotic surgery to patients with gynecologic, thoracic and gastrointestinal cancers.
Dr. Guru is a member of the Endourological Association, American Urological Association, American Medical Association, and Jammu and Kashmir Urological Society.
Dr. Guru has authored and co-authored several journal articles, abstracts and book chapters.